Football Gold Coast recently conducted their AGM for the 2018 year late last year. In the AGM, a new board was elected to lead Football Gold Coast through this season. Subsequently, a new chairman was elected in Paul Rushton who has some words for all our members leading into the 2018 season!
2018 promises to be another massive year for our 26 clubs and 9000 players. Although the season will start earlier than normal and break for 4 weeks due to Commonwealth Games our participation numbers are healthy and clubs are excited about the season start approaching particularly the Lightning round for juniors, and pre-season Cups for Men and Women. There will be some challenges including forming teams with the competition starting so early but Football Gold Coast is organised for what may materialise with additional players expected to register after season commencement.
The AGM in 2017 heralded two new Board members and a Board committed to driving change at all levels with the mission of both protecting and growing the footprint of football on the Gold Coast. The new Board of Vice Chairman John White, and Directors Gillian Austin, Geoff Oberg, Maria Roughley, Ross Fenech and myself bring a wealth and diversity of football experience including administering middle to larger size football clubs, coaching, referee development, financial management and football growth strategy. The Board has moved quickly with FGC and FQ to recruit a new Regional Development Officer; return competition management to the Football Gold Coast office; increase interaction with our clubs and local NPL licensees; and will have long-term strategies for growing the game in terms of player numbers and revenue streams by end of this Board’s term. This will include growth strategies for school promotion, mini-roos participation, female participation, and optimising sponsorship. Emerald Lakes as the home of football will also begin to take shape in 2018.
There has never been a better time to be involved in football with the World Cup in 2018, the Matilda’s at their peak, and our position as the highest participation sport on the Gold Coast and Australia.